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A Wanted Man (Jack Reacher) Mass Market Paperback – May 28, 2013
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About the Author
Lee Child is the author of nineteen New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, ten of which have reached the #1 position. All have been optioned for major motion pictures; the first, Jack Reacher, was based on One Shot. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in almost a hundred territories. A native of England and a former television director, Lee Child lives in New York City.
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I have read all of the Reacher series and find them all to be excellent in the reading and mystery departments. Action on every page, heart racing waiting to see what happens to different characters in the story line and don't want to put the book down. I almost read it all in one night but had to stop because of recent eye problems. Got up early, finished the next morning before breakfast.
THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ FOR REACHER FANS AND IF YOU ARE NOT A FAN YOU WILL BE BEFORE YOU FINISH THE BOOK!!!!
I'd like to encourage Lee to keep writing Reacher. If they never are 5 stars again, I'd still want to pre-order everyone. I'm not sure that some of the disappointment can't be found in the fact that we who are fans do anticipate the next one and want Lee Child to hit one out of the park each time with the bases loaded. Reacher is an interesting mix of high physical and cerebral power and energy. I love that he's pragmatic yet passionate about what his role should be. I love that he's such a contradiction. He's so trustworthy and yet, who in their right might would pick this man up on the side of the road? That said, I have to add, I cannot imagine 5'6" Tom Cruise playing 6'5" Reacher when his size is as much a part of his character as his dogged determination.
The Good: it's a Jack Reacher tale. Casual to rabid fans love this guy and, if you read the prior ones, it's more of the same loconic, non-nonsense, kick butt Reacher.
The Bad: meandering story line can put you to sleep -- the action takes place in a car for half the book and nothing new in the Reacher storyline is introduced. He claims in the book he has to get to Virigina for something (meeting someone) but you never figure out why. He just diverts his journey long enough to break up a global terror plot.
The Ugly: repetitive scenes. I'm not sure how Child can make a casual walk up a driveway last for three pages or something. Sheesh. Everything just plods along. Also, Reacher makes contact in the car with a fellow hostage who blinks some form of Morse code -- but the code is long sentences or phrases that just doens't seem plausible, particularly with two bad guys next to you. of course, they slept most of the time.
Bottom line: it's an okay read but Child has jumped the shark here. Time to finish Reacher off and go on a long sabbatical before Child loses every last fan possible.
The ludicrous ending to this book contains some of the worst descriptive scenes ever, as well as the killing off of characters just because Child can't think of anything else to do with them, and some of the least plausible crap I have ever read. Yeah, I love science fiction too--but this mundane, implausible, vapid story doesn't come close to even asking for that level of reader involvement. Miss this one.
Also, miss the movie in which Hollywood has seen fit to cast a borderline midget as a 6' 5" 250lb+ beast of a man. It's just insulting to fans of the series.
The only thing that could make it worse is if they were to make a movie of it with 5'6" Tom Cruise as Reacher again.